Pumpkin Spice Sauce

I don’t know about you but when it comes to ice cream I can get pretty serious. Then you add in the toppings, make those toppings pumpkin and BOOM, the world explodes…well, maybe not explodes.

Thankfully when my friend from feasting on fruit and I collaborated with this recipe we took the necessary precautions and created something truly magical and avoided the whole world exploding thing.

If this Pumpkin Spice Sauce doesn’t do justice to those fall cravings I don’t know what will! It is creamy texture and perfectly balanced pumpkin flavor are complemented with the addition of almond butter!

The Almond butter adds a level of fall flavor that makes you feel like you’re looking at the fall leaves in New-England wearing a turtleneck sweater and sipping on a pumpkin spiced latte!

Overall this stuff is the bomb, and adding it to ice cream makes all the difference, especially for those in the southern states who are still rocking shorts and sundresses!

If you're not into ice cream, but still need a pumpkin fix fear not! This recipe is pretty versatile and can be used in coffee to make your favorite Pumpkin spiced latte! Or maybe just forget the coffee and go straight for making a pumpkin creamer, perfect for adding to tea!

Ingredients

·         1/4th cup coconut oil

·         2 Tbsp. canned pumpkin

·         2 Tbsp. maple syrup

·         2 Tbsp. almond butter

·         1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Directions

Whisk all of the ingredients together until smooth and creamy texture forms.  

Pour over ice cream and enjoy!

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On the Go Raspberry Baked Oatmeal

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to breakfast whatever is quickest or easiest isn’t that appealing. And with the start of school and mornings getting busier and busier I decided it was a good time to create a simple fun and delicious on the go breakfast that both you and the whole family will enjoy!

These raspberry baked oatmeal bars are a super easy option as you make them the night before, store in the fridge and serve as bars in the morning. You can use them as an on the go breakfast, snack, topping for yogurt, or even with a little vanilla ice cream for dessert!

Not to mention that if you’re giving this to little hands in the morning it’s not a crumbly dry bar so the mess in the minivan is minimal! It is also a recipe that can be tweaked to match your taste! I use raspberries in this recipe, but you could easily switch it out for blueberries, blackberries, or your favorite dried fruit!

I use chocolate chips in this recipe, but you could sub for cacao nibs! The amount of honey is also optional! I find that feeding it to little ones it’s better to keep the honey and mini-chocolate chips in, but as an adult, I don’t mind having them be a little less sweet.

SO now that we have established how awesome these bars are here is the recipe!

Ingredients

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· 2 cups Oats

· 2/3rd cup chopped dates (about 5 dates)

· 1/4th cup honey

· 2 eggs

· ½ cup nut butter

· ½ cup nut milk

· ¼ cup Chia seeds

· 1/3rd cup cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips

· 1tsp baking powder

· 1 cup raspberries (I used frozen raspberries)

· Pinch of salt

· 2 tsp Cinnamon

Instructions

Pre-heat the oven to 350 F.

Mix all of the dry ingredients, including the raspberries and dates.

In a separate bowl whisk the eggs and milk together and then combine with the dry ingredients.

Add in the honey and nut butter and mix until combined.

Pour into a 9x9 pan and bake for 30-35 minutes.

Let cool, cut into squares and serve, or wrap individually for an on the go breakfast or snack!

Enjoy!

Thank you again for stopping by!

-Sonya Peacocke

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Dairy Free No-Churn Chocolate Ice Cream

For me Ice Cream is a 24/7 365 day a year food group, but now that it is pushing 100 all over the country I guess you could say it was a good time to let you in on my secret healthy No-Churn Ice Cream!

For starters, it is dairy-free, gluten-free and refined sugar-free so everyone can enjoy it! Just make sure you leave some wiggle room for freezing (it took about 6 hours) and you are gold!

Ingredients

·         2 cups coconut ice cubes

·         ½ cup Almond Milk

·         1/4th cup Honey

·         3 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder

·         Pinch of salt

·         1/4th Cup Nut Butter    

Instructions

·         Blend all the ingredients and put in a container. Freeze for about 6 hours, until solid.

·         Serve by itself, or top with some goodies like chocolate chips and coconut!

·         Grab a spoon and enjoy!

Carrot Cake Pops: No bake, Gluten free & Vegan

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to desserts Carrot Cake is appreciated no matter when, but naturally with the budding of new blooms and a new excitement for fresh food Carrot cake is more then welcomed!

Recently my friend Natalie and I were trying to figure out how to spice up the traditional carrot cake recipe. Thankfully as we thought about it, my husband Daniel popped in with the ingenious idea of creating carrot cake pops!

If it’s as hot or busy it is here in Florida (hello spring break!) you’ll be happy to hear that this is a no-bake recipe! SO These perfectly delicious and healthy carrot cake pops are no-bake, Vegan, Gluten-free and FULL of flavor! Definitely a recipe to make the whole family happy! 

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Ingredients  

½ cup applesauce

1/3rd cup SunButter

½ cup shredded carrots

1/4th cup maple syrup

2/3rd cup coconut flour

1 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. ginger

½ tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

1/4th cup chopped walnuts

Glaze

3 tbsp. coconut oil

1 tbsp. SunButter

2 tbsp. maple syrup

1 tbsp. lemon juice

Shredded coconut for coating  

Directions

Combine all the wet ingredients and then add in the dry.

Roll into cake balls and let chill in the freezer for about 15 minutes while you make the glaze.  

For the glaze mix together all the ingredients, making sure that your coconut oil is melted beforehand.  

Take the cake balls out of the freezer and coat with glaze and then coconut!

Serve and Enjoy!

Dairy Free Parfaits // What to use for Natural Dyes

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to Easter I love how cute the different colors and decorations are! It’s really the only time of year where decorating with pastel colors and bunnies is totally acceptable. Now I love all the fun colors put when it comes to making those colors happen in our food, dyes a really not my favorite thing. It’s one of those things to make food more fun and festive, but are extremely toxic!

If there’s one thing we should kiss goodbye its artificial dyes, but does it mean we have to stop making food colorful and fun all together? Definitely not! There are plenty of natural foods used to create those beautiful colors! Here are some of my all-time favorites!

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• Matcha Powder & Spirulina = Green

• Beetroot powder & Red Berries = Pink & red

• Turmeric = Yellow

• Blue = Blue Spirulina

This is one of the simple ways to replace toxic ingredients in your kitchen while keeping your kiddos excited and healthy food fun!

Here is an example of Easter inspired parfaits!

Ingredients

• 1/4th cup chia seeds

• 1 cup almond milk

• Honey to taste

• 1 & ½ cup Yogurt (I used almond milk yogurt)

• Toppings!

Instructions

• Combine liquid and chia seeds, mix well and set aside to let gelatinize.

• Separate the yogurt into equal amounts and add color. Start with small amounts and add more until the desired color is reached.

Mix in honey to taste.

• Add Chia seed pudding, then the yogurt mixture and top however you like! It would be a fun project to gather toppings fitting your theme and have your kids decorate them individually!

Thank you again for stopping by!

- Sonya Peacocke

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Quick and Healthy Zucchini Bread // Gluten Free & Dairy Free

I don’t know about you, but when It comes to Zucchini Bread I take things VERY seriously. Zucchini bread is one of those foods that is a win-win for both adult and child. Offering a sweet bread that kids and adults love while sneaking in some much appreciated green vegetables! Now even though it’s a winner, some of the more traditional recipes usually call for a good amount of gluten, dairy, sugar, etc. that usually put the zucchinis hard work down.

I was trying to figure out a way to make zucchini bread healthier without taking away all the good things it had to go for it. Things like a perfectly moist (don’t you just love that word?) and its sweet caramel taste!

Well, I have done it, folks, this Zucchini bread is Refines sugar-free, dairy free, gluten free, and can be made without oil if you substitute it for Applesauce! So here’s the recipe you and your taste buds have been missing out on!

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Ingredients

• 1 &1/4th cup Almond Flour

• 1/3rd cup Coconut Flour

• 1 & 1/2 Cup Shredded Zucchini

• 6 Soaked Dates

• 3 Eggs

• 1/4th Coconut Oil

• 1 tsp Vanilla

• 1 & ½ tsp Baking Powder

• 1 & ½ tsp Cinnamon

• 1 tsp Maca root powder (optional, but gives the recipe more caramel flavors)

• Pinch of salt

Instructions

Soak the dates in hot water for about 10-15 minutes and then drain

Put the Zucchini, Melted Coconut oil, Dates, Eggs, and Vanilla in a blender or food processor and blend until liquid.

Mix together the dry ingredients and then combine with the Liquid Mixture. Put in a bread tin or square pan and top with your favorite nuts or seeds. You can also mix things up and sprinkle cinnamon and coconut sugar or cacao nibs on top!

Bake in the oven at 350 F for 25 to 35 Minutes.

Let cool for about an hour and then enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!

- Sonya Expert Zucchini Bread Baker.

Vegan & Gluten Free Grasshopper Cookie Cups

I don’t know about you, but when it comes down to cookies going gluten-free doesn’t really hold the best options. Thankfully this recipe makes up for all of the moment’s when you questioned a baked good that wasn’t made of flour.

This cookie cup tastes like a chocolate brownie filled with a creamy mint filling that perfectly mirrors the flavors of mint chocolate chip ice cream!

So, without further ado here’s the recipe!

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Ingredients

Cookie Cup

• ½ cup (125g) SunButter

• 1/3 cup (105g) maple syrup

• ½ cup (50g) cocoa powder

• ¼ cup (25g) almond flour

• 1/2tsp baking soda

• ½ tsp salt

Filling

• 1 cup coconut cream

• 1 tbsp. maple syrup (optional)

• 1 tsp mint extract

• 1/8tsp spirulina

• Mini chocolate chips for sprinkling

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Coat the bottom of a full sized cupcake tin makes about 6-8 cups and bake for 20-25 min to make 6-8. For mini cups the recipe makes 20-24 cup, baking them for 12-15 minutes.

Let cool and then fill with mint cream and top with chocolate chips!

Hope you enjoy!

-Sonya

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Quick and Easy Vegan SunButter Chocolate Mousse // Valentines Day

I don’t know about you guys, but when it comes to Valentine’s Day treats the options are endless. The problem is that these options are usually not so much dairy free and gluten free. Plus making something is more of a romantic gesture then a store bought box of chocolates (Not that I will ever say no to them).

So in order to combat the issue at hand my friend and I came up with a gluten, dairy free, chocolate filed and EASY recipe to whip up for your special someone.

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So, now that you know how much you need this recipe in your life this Valentine’s Day, or any day, here it is!

Ingredients

·         1 Cup Coconut (Or Greek ) Yogurt

·         1/4th Cup Creamy SunButter

·         Pinch of Salt

·         2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

·         Sliced Strawberries

·         Chocolate Chips  

Mix the yogurt and sun butter together and spoon half of the mixture into jars. Add in cocoa powder and salt into the other half of the mixture and mix together. Spoon the rest into the jar and then top with strawberries and chocolate chips. Serve to your special someone, and enjoy!  

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Vegan Sunflower Butter Chocolate Pie

Vegan Sun Butter Chocolate Pie

I’m not sure about you guys, but when it comes to the holidays the most important thing is of course family, but the second most important is always dessert! I always loved making fun new treats, but this became a bit harder to recreate when I went dairy and gluten free. I was determined to remake some boss desserts so that when my healthy treats came out, all else was forgotten.

I have had some really good recipes so far but this one takes the cake. Get it…cake…or pie I guess.

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Anyways, this recipe was inspired by the classic peanut butter pie and I have to say, I ended up liking it better than the classic. SO without further adue here’s the recipe!

Ingredients

Crust

·         1 & 1/2 cup pitted and soaked dates.

·         1 tsp. salt

·         1 cup oats

·         1 tsp. vanilla  

·         2 tbsp. coconut oil

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Sun Butter Layer   

·         1 & ½ cup sun butter

·         2 cups whipped coconut cream ( I used a store bought brand but you can make your own as well!)

·         1 tsp. vanilla  

·         3 tbsp. maple syrup

        Chocolate Layer

·         3/4th cup cocoa powder

·         1 cup whipped coconut cream

·         1 tsp. vanilla

·         1 tsp. salt

·         ½ cup pitted and soaked dates   

·         1/4th cup date water

 

Directions

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For the crust soak the dates in hot water for about 15 minutes or let soak overnight in the fridge. Save the water for the individual layers.

Pulse all ingredients for the crust together and then press into the pie plate. Let set in the freezer while you make the layers.

For the Sunflower Butter layer use a mixing bowl and fold ingredients together until combined. Pour into pie pan and let set in the freezer.

For the chocolate layer blend all ingredients until fully combined. Add in more of the date water if needed to blend but make sure the moisture does not become watery, but keeps a thick and creamy consistency.

Pour in the last layer and let sit in the freezer.


Top with your favorite toppings such as nuts, coconut, chocolate, ice cream etc.

Here I used coconut whipped cream and shaved dark chocolate!

Bring to your next party and watch your guests as they stare in awe of this beautiful creation!

and THEN enjoy.

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